Myths and Metamorphosis

November 3, 2009 - January 17, 2010

Teaching Gallery

Curated by Kerill O’Neill, Julian D. Taylor Associate Professor of Classics

This exhibition is part of the Metamorphoses Project, a series of programs and courses engaging the Colby and Waterville communities around the theme of myth and its ongoing importance in contemporary life. Works in the exhibition are drawn from the museum collections of Colby and Bowdoin colleges.

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The Colby College Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with a museum-wide exhibition of its collection. Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art features artworks from the museum’s collections of American, European, Asian, and contemporary art, and is accompanied by an audio tour and a richly illustrated book of collection highlights, with essays by a wide range of scholars and artists.

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Senior Art Exhibition

May 7, 2009 - May 29, 2009

Lower Jette Galleries

The annual Senior Art Exhibition which brings together art by Colby seniors who have completed extensive work in their medium. 

Featured artists: Jessica Acker, Bryan Brown, Kerry Hanney, Steve Holt, Sara Hutchins, Caitlin R. Leibenhaut, Jared Luther, Lucie Miller, Nicholas Nassikas, Shagin, Jessica Suarez, and Jamie M. Warner

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John Coffer, “Photographist”

March 19, 2009 - June 7, 2009

Upper Jette Galleries

This is the first solo museum exhibition of the contemporary photographer John Coffer, who has pioneered the rediscovery of early photographic techniques, particularly the wet-plate collodion process of the tintype. Coffer, who lives without modern conveniences in upstate New York, has made daily life his subject, documenting in loving detail the arduousness and joy of a reimagined nineteenth-century life. Works on view are drawn entirely from the museum’s Lunder Collection.

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From Salt- to C-Prints: Photographic Methods & Materials

March 19, 2009 - June 7, 2009

Upper Jette Galleries

Curated by Gary Green

Organized to coincide with John Coffer, “Photographist,” this exhibition will present a survey of photographic processes developed and employed prior to the present era of digital photography.  On view will be historical examples of the daguerreotypes as well as the principal wet- and dry-plate photographic print techniques.  The exhibition will also include a selection of works by contemporary artists who continue to use traditional photographic methods and materials.

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Andy Warhol: Screen Tests & Photographs

February 12, 2009 - June 7, 2009

Davis Gallery

Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol made 472 silent black-and-white cinematic portraits. This exhibition presents an ongoing projection of 10 Screen Tests—as these seminal works are known—in conjunction with Warhol’s Polaroid and black-and-white photographs. Photographs functioned as source images for the artist’s silkscreen paintings and, with his films, they constitute a comprehensive documentation of his diverse circle of acquaintances. The photographs are selected from the 150 Warhol photographs that were given to the Colby Museum in 2007 by the Photographic Legacy Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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Hannah Collins: A Current History

February 5, 2009 - May 27, 2009

Theater Gallery

A recent purchase and partial gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, Hannah Collins’ Beshencevo: A Current History is a highly evocative retelling of one day in the life of a family in a remote village in central Russia. Through a series of interwoven visual fragments including stark landscapes and contemplative domestic scenes, striking contrasts emerge between the realities of Post-Soviet life and the timeworn conventions of a traditional settlement.

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Ink Tales, the result of a collaborative project by students at Colby and Bowdoin Colleges, features Chinese paintings drawn from the collections of both institutions. The exhibition, held simultaneously on both campuses, explores the variety of stories associated with the images, formats, and functions of Chinese paintings.

For more information, visit the web exhibition here.

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Bevin Engman: New Work

January 20, 2009 - March 8, 2009

Upper Jette Galleries

Colby Associate Professor of Art Bevin Engman presents paintings, collages, and source photographs drawn from her recent explorations of the land, sea, and sky. These “quotes” from the environment of Cape Cod, where the artist spent her childhood and recently returned to paint, capture the inherent abstraction of the subject through subtle compositions of color and form.

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